MIT engineers have built and flown the first-ever plane with no moving parts. Instead of propellers or turbines, the light aircraft is powered by an “ionic wind”. The results have been published in the journal Nature.
On September 14, the Electric Aircraft Initiative welcomed over 50 leading experts from industry and academia on MIT campus to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with electric aircraft propulsion. During the workshop, the participants identified and prioritized the technological needs associated with bringing the vision of electrified aircraft propulsion systems to life.
In November 2017, LAE Director Steven Barrett was awarded the Professor Amar G. Bose Research Grant to support his research on Electroaerodynamic Propulsion
MIT launches the Electric Aircraft Initiative with the aim of assessing and developing the potential for sustainable electric aircraft. The initiative includes participants from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, as well as Lincoln Laboratory.
Participants from MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Lincoln Lab are collaborating to design and produce the first airplane powered with electroaerodynamic (EAD) propulsion.
A short intensive study called Systems Aspects of Electric Commercial Aircraft (SEACA) has been launched in collaboration with University College London (UCL) and the University of Southampton in the UK.